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BERLINALE 2014: DAYS FIVE AND SIX (ENG)

Final days of the Berlinale are coming, and yet no surprises arrived from the main competition at the Palast. As every year (and even in a particular quality decline over the years) the Forum section offered the best of what Berlin Film Festival had to present (except for a few exceptions in other competitions: Yann’s Demange’s 71’, or Tsai Ming Liang’s Journey to the West, to name a few of them). But still, one can’t help as to get a bittersweet taste after a competition which could have been a lot better. Just some liner notes: Not to miss, 20’000 Years on Earth, the documentary about Nick Cave, and Calvary by John Michael McDonagh.

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BERLINALE 2014: DÍA CUATRO CON VEIKO ÕUNPUU Y TSAI MING LIANG (SPA)

Lección aprendida: no te equivocas con la sección Forum de la Berlinale. Esta película de 51 minutos, una de las seis partes que conforman la serie Walker, donde un monje camina a un paso muy lento por diferentes lugares del mundo, es una maravillosa pieza de reflexión, impregnada de una de las más bellas fotografías jamás hechas en la obra de Tsai Ming-liang.

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BERLINALE DAY FOUR: VEIKO ÕUNPUU SAVES THE DAY, TSAI FOLLOWS UP (ENG)

A profound, meditative journey through the slow action of performance, Journey to the West by Tsai Ming -liang could easily be shown as part of a museum exhibition: the roaming of human being across the land, where the path is more important than the destination. A collaboration long overdue, and a must-see film.

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BERLINALE 2014 DÍA TRES: REDESCUBRIENDO EN RETROSPECTIVA (SPA)

La retrospectiva sobre Jack Smith, en el HAU 1 , estuvo dedicada al artista drag Mario Montez (recientemente fallecido), y comprendió en su primera parte algo de material ya exhibido y conocido hasta la fecha. Debidamente restaurado por Jerry Tartaglia y rescatado de algunos archivos oscuros, este conjunto de cortometrajes inconclusos (o al menos las versiones que se llegaron a ver antes que muriera) son una verdadera delicia cinéfila. Se exhibieron cinco películas: Milk Bath Scene from Normal Love, Boiled Lobster of Landlady Lagoon, In the Grip of The Lobster (probablemente la obra maestra de la serie), Exotic Landlordlism, y Overstilmulated, dos de las cuales fueron musicalizadas por Zorn.

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BERLINALE 2014 DAY THREE: REDESCOVERING RETROSPECTIVES (ENG)

The Jack Smith retrospective, at the HAU 1, and dedicated to drag artist Mario Montez (recently deceased), premiered probably every single known material (in its first part) of Jack Smith work known to date. Properly restored by Jerry Tartaglia and salvaged from some obscure Berliner archives, this set of short unfinished films (or at least the versions we got to see before he died) were a truly cinephile delight. Five films were shown: Milk Bath Scene from Normal Love, Boiled Lobster of Landlady Lagoon, In the Grip of The Lobster (probably the masterpiece of the series), Exotic Landlordlism, and Overstilmulated, two of which were scored by Mr. Zorn himself.

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BERLINALE 2014: DOS PRIMEROS DÍAS (SPA)

Grandes expectativas desde la Berlinale, como las que asoman en el Palast (y en veinte lugares más), abren la alfombra roja con los filmes más esperados, que se estrenan en más de diez categorías diferentes. Los grandes nombres ya están apareciendo: Clooney, Wes Anderson, Von Trier, Schlöndroff, Resnais, y muchos otros más, mientras que los rumores comienzan a pasearse por las calles cercanas al Potsdamer Platz: comentarios sobre la mala dirección de The Monuments Men (de George Clooney), en claro contraste con algunas revelaciones del festival, como la película de Yann Demange, 71 . Conforme pasan los días, se darán eventos especiales como una versión musicalizada de El Gabinete del Dr. Caligari, (por el propio John Zorn) y una retrospectiva de la obra de Jack Smith presentada por Ken y Flo Jacobs, así que a mantener las expectativas altas y el buen ánimo.

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BERLINALE 2014: DAY ONE AND TWO (ENG)

Great expectations coming from the Berlinale, as the Palast (and more than 20 venues) opens the red carpet to the most expected films, premiering in more than ten different categories of the festival. The big names are already checking in: Clooney, Wes Anderson, Von Trier, Schlöndroff, Resnais, and many others, while the rumors start travelling around the streets of Potsdamer Platz: words on the poorly directed The Monuments Men (by Clooney) are in clear contrast with some festival revelations, like Yann Demange’s 71. As days go by, special events like a musicalized version of Dr. Caligari Cabinet (by John Zorn himself) and a Jack Smith retrospective presented by Ken and Flo Jacobs, keep the expectations high and the spirits up.

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